Life Cycle of a Luna Moth
Though often overshadowed by its close relative, the butterfly, a Moth has its own unique attributes that make it just as special! With the four stages of our Life Cycle of a Moth you'll get a hands on look at the complete metamorphosis of this fascinating creature.
Scientific Name: Actias luna
Characteristics: The female can lay 400 to 600 eggs, four to six eggs at a time on the underside of leaves. It can take up to two weeks for a egg to hatch into a lime green caterpillar with small orange spots along the sides. It takes about six weeks from the time a egg is laid to turn into an adult. The adult Luna Moth does not have a mouth, which is why they only live about a week. Luna Moths are members of the giant silkworm family.
Size and Colour: Luna moth's wings are light green with yellow stripes and have a long wing tail. Their wingspan is approximately five inches long and four inches wide. They are one of the largest moths in North America.
Age: 4+ years